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Brewers land Jonathan Broxton in deal with Reds

Mark Townsend
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The past 24 hours are starting to feel like July 31 all over again.

With the deadline for postseason roster eligibility looming on Sunday, a handful of teams have made last minute deals to bolster their roster for the stretch run and a potential postseason appearance. The latest to join that group are the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers, who according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal made a significant upgrade to their bullpen on Sunday by acquiring Jonathan Broxton from the division rival Cincinnati Reds. 

Broxton, who at one time was a dominant closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals, is having a career season in a set up role for Cincinnati. Over 48 1/3 innings, the 30-year-old right-hander owns a 1.86 ERA and 1.01. Though it should be noted he's struggled a bit in August, posting a 5.23 ERA over 11 appearances.

That his overall ERA remains sparkling speaks to how dominant he was over the first four months. 

Here's another taste. 

Broxton also temporarily filled the closer's position in April and May when Aroldis Chapman was coming back from his spring training injury. He successfully converted 5 of 6 save attempts. 

In Milwaukee, Broxton is expected to remain in a set up role ahead of closer Francisco Rodriguez.  The man known as K-Rod is currently second in MLB with 39 saves. In he falters or simply needs a day of rest, manager Ron Roenicke now has another experienced option he can turn to in the ninth inning. Being able to keep Broxton in the seventh and eighth would be a nice luxury. 

The Brewers will also take on a large financial commitment. Broxton is due around $1.19 million in 2014, and will be owed another $9 million in 2015. He also has a $9 million club option with a $2 million buyout for 2016, so it's possible, if not likely, Milwaukee views him as a solution behind this season. Keep in mind, Rodriguez will be a free agent at season's end.  

As for Cincinnati's return, it's reported they'll receive two players to be named later. 

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